If you’re anything like me, you’re apprehensive to believe much of anything that you can’t see, feel, touch, hear, taste, or logically prove. Although you have faith in God, you struggle to expect much outside of what already is or what has always been.
A few mornings ago, the word “expectation” was glued to the forefront of my mind. I had no real explanation as to why…because as I said before, I’m not a person of much “expectation”. Yes, I know great things can happen because I know how dope God is. But I’m kind of lax in the department of expecting anything specific…for myself, in general. Since I’ve been able to comprehend the sting of disappointment, my posture and motto has been “prepare for the worst but hope for the best”. It was, at best a defense mechanism, a safety net, that ‘protected me from being able to be let down. If I could look a failed situation in the face and be able to say “I knew that would happen” then I could psych myself out of feeling disappointed.
So, again, I wasn’t too sure why “expectation” was so heavy that morning. It was too persistent for me to ignore so I looked up the definition and came across three:
* a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.
* a belief that someone will or should achieve something.
* one’s prospects of inheritance.
“The dictionary will make ya shout if ya let it” – Jenna B. (one of my dopest friends)
The last definition registered most with me. “One’s prospects of inheritance”. Sheeeeeesh!
That, my friends, is what I call a “tender gut punch”. Ya know, those points of revelation that make you go “Ouch” or “Ok God…I hear you, no need to scream.”
So, there I was, wincing at the thoughts that flooded my mind.
How could I, knowing that I am the daughter of the Most High King, not have a constant posture of expectation? Just because of who He is and who I am in Him should make me certain of an INHERITANCE of greatness in any area of my life!
Granted, it’s smart to prepare for ‘not so good’ things – that’s wisdom – but it’s totally contrary to all that God (b.k.a. Dad) has promised me to not deliberately, intentionally, and continually EXPECT greatness.
Things may not always go my way, but my Dad’s “no” or “not right now” is STILL a part of my inheritance because He knows there’s a bigger & better “yes” working behind the scenes.
He just loves me that much!
In all this I imagined Him smiling and saying to me “change your posture, Babygirl”, pinching my nose, and telling me to continue with my day. And I did, with a better posture and perspective about things to come.
But even with a renewed perspective, sometimes those roots of disappointment resurface and I want to crawl back into that hope deferred mindset (Proverbs 13:12). But He doesn’t let me stay there. He reminds me of who He is, who I am, and even asks me to give Him the weight of those disappointments so He can uproot them all.
He’s a pretty good Dad.
With all that said, start expecting greatness!!!! In the world we live, it may seem silly to do but remember…you’re only IN this world, you’re not OF it! So, allow yourself be different! Start to act and think like a King’s kid because you are!
Change your posture, kiddo!